Safeguarding Coastal Carnivores in the Southern Great Bear Rainforest tenure

Photo by Jeremy Koreski / Nimmo Bay.

We have raised the funds to stop commercial trophy hunting in more than a quarter of the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia.

We raised $1.92 million! Thank you for your help.

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Southern Great Bear Rainforest tenure

Sitting on the coast of British Columbia, Canada, the Southern Great Bear tenure covers 18,239 km2, more than a quarter of the Great Bear Rainforest. Purchasing this tenure protects dozens of species from being commercially trophy hunted because it gives us the exclusive rights to commercially guide trophy hunters. 

We buy the rights to guide people to shoot wildlife – and our clients choose not to shoot the wildlife.

Safeguarding Coastal Carnivores in the Southern Great Bear Rainforest. [web map].

The Southern tenure contains significant populations of grizzlies, cougars, black bears, wolves, and Roosevelt elk left in BC and contains six major coastal inlets, over 10 major river systems with critical estuaries and countless smaller named and unnamed watersheds that support healthy ecosystems – from Smith Inlet to Toba Inlet. This purchase also exemplifies the new economy as there are more than 19 ecotourism companies who rely on respectful wildlife viewing.

Photo by Michelle Valberg

Permanent end to commercial trophy hunting

Raincoast now controls the commercial hunting rights in six tenures, more than 56,000km2 of the BC coast – an area larger than Vancouver Island or the entire country of Belgium. 

Through the acquisition of these tenures, we own the commercial hunting rights in perpetuity, thus protecting all coastal carnivores that would be, otherwise, subject to trophy hunting.

Photo by Taylor Burke.

Buying hunting territories, a permanent fix

Raincoast began purchasing hunting tenures back in 2005, when it was clear a different solution to the vagaries of political objectives was needed. Despite our campaign success 20 years ago, achieving a province-wide moratorium on grizzly hunting, the trophy hunt ban was overturned by a subsequent government following a provincial election. Purchasing tenures appeared to be the only permanent solution to stopping commercial trophy hunting.  Purchasing hunting tenures demonstrated our support for the  First Nations control of their resources in the Great Bear Rainforest. 

In 2017, after 20 years of public campaigning, the province ended the grizzly trophy hunt. While welcomed and long fought, this did not negate the need for protection for the other approximately 60 species that trophy hunters are allowed to exploit. Acquiring hunting territories is a permanent solution, not just for grizzlies, but for all carnivores hunted for trophies.

Working with First Nations

Your support will help Raincoast and our First Nations partners end commercial trophy hunting in their territories. Purchasing these tenures is one small part in the process of supporting First Nations stewardship in the Great Bear Rainforest.

Our ultimate goal is to secure the rights to all commercial trophy hunting tenures in the Great Bear Rainforest. We now stand poised to complete the job.

Elk in the woods
Photo by Kristian Gillies.

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Photo by Finn Steiner.

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Black bear walking in a shallow river.

With your help we have completed the purchase of the Southern Great Bear Rainforest tenure!

Over 700 contributions from around the world were made to help us permanently protect wolves, bears, cougars, and more in this huge tenure. 
Grizzly bear walking along a shoreline.

5% to go: Donation matching is on! 

A generous donor has offered to help get us over the finish line by matching donations until December 22nd.
Grizzly bear on the bank of a river.

Saving animal lives and supporting a conservation-based economy

We are 85% of the way to our goal to purchase the commercial trophy hunting rights in the Southern tenure!
Humpback whale breaching in the sunset.

Photographers are coming together to support our work

Canadian Conservation has organized an auction that will run until December 1st with 32 photographers.
Wolf walking on the beach.

We are almost there! Help us permanently protect bears and wolves

Our goal is to raise $305,800 by December 15.
From trophy hunting to ecotourism: help us raise the remaining 35% to protect bears and wolves

From trophy hunting to ecotourism: help us raise the remaining 35% to protect bears and wolves

So far, we have  raised $1,252,254 toward our purchase of the Southern Great Bear Rainforest tenure.